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Christian Contemplative Practice

Christian Contemplative Practice

At a recent conference I participated in, there was an introduction to Centering Prayer and to the increasingly-popular practice of mindfulness. I have a passion for the contemplative tradition within Christianity and a concern when it seems to me that the ball of that tradition – which today should be accessible to all – is… Continue Reading

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Prayer Over The People

Prayer Over The People

In the most recent edition of the Roman Missal (2002), the ancient “Prayer over the People” at the end of the Eucharist was restored – optional on weekdays of Lent, required on Sundays of Lent. For most people the challenge is to reduce the wordiness of our liturgies, to increase silence, and to emphasise the… Continue Reading

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Contemplative Community

Contemplative Community

I recently had a conversation with a young man who had just completed 10 days in absolute silence, meditating 10 hours a day. This was at a Buddhist centre in New Zealand. 60 people attended. Attendance was free (koha – donation). Yes, there are places in New Zealand where you can go on a silent… Continue Reading

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Be Still

Be Still: A book of prayers, images and blessings by Iain Gow (Author), Nat Tate (Illustrator) 94 pages Publisher: Without Walls NZ (December 9, 2014) I recently received Be Still, a book of prayers, images and blessings. Each time, across two pages ,there is a wonderful illustration by Nat Tate, a reflective prayer and a blessing.… Continue Reading

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Dialogue with Mindfulness

Dialogue with Mindfulness

It makes great sense to me that monasticism spearheads inter-faith dialogue. Comparing different religions, different faiths, different approaches and understandings of living, can too easily degenerate merely to observable practices (I cross myself left to right, you cross yourself right to left…) Such real dialogue, I suggest, is better at the level of spirituality. And… Continue Reading

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Christian Mindfulness

Christian Mindfulness

Mindfulness is everywhere. Practices from Buddhism and Hinduism are being used in home, schools, and workplaces. People are cleansing their chakras, feeling their breathing, and visualising… Schools are practicing mindfulness at the start of every lesson… While some have criticised the trendiness as McMindfulness, I want to focus here on this being yet another example… Continue Reading

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Vine ministry

Vine ministry

I have just started playing around with Vine. When I first read about it, I thought it was simply a 6 second video – micro-YouTube. I had not realised it loops. So I was thinking of six-second spirituality videos and six-second sermon videos. But that doesn’t really work when it loops… But my idea of… Continue Reading

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